Kevin sent me an email with a story that’s a bit different from others I received. While I received a lot of emails from folks who were bullied– I haven’t received many from those who did the bullying.
Kevin became a bully in elementary school, and only recently found the strength to be able to step away from what he calls “The Path of Vengeance”.
My story begins way back when I was in elementary school. When I was in kindergarten, I met my first and most important friend. His name was Tucker. We thought we would be together forever, but before 6th grade he had to move. We were both devastated. I became so lost in a sea of faces that I found a door which should never be found: The door to the Vengeful Path. It seemed like a good idea to hide behind that door, so I opened it an dashed inside.
I didn’t like what I saw. I turned around to go back out, but to my horror the door had disappeared. So I had no choice but to walk the vengeful path. During that time I was short-tempered, all compassion had long since left me, and worst of all I enjoyed inflicting pain on others. I became a monster. For 16 years I walked that path. 16!!
Then one fateful day, I was listening to music and I saw this song. I immediately wondered what this was about. After listening I realized that tucker WILL always be with me. I also became a brony that day and for the first time since I could remember I found a fork in the road.
On one path I saw hate, selfishness, despair, rage, and self destruction. That was the Path of Vengeance. On the other path I saw what I longed for the most; joy, patience, compassion, love, tolerance, and healing. That was the Path of Forgiveness. I had to choose: the Path of Vengeance, which was all I ever knew or the Path of Forgiveness, which was all I ever longed for.
With slight difficulty, I chose the Path of Forgiveness. The moment I stepped onto that path I was horrified at how much anger and hate I had carried– but now I am a better person. I have almost infinite patience and lots of joy, not to mention compassion; and I owe it all to you and the Brony community that I am who I am today.